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Livestock grazing effects on sage-grouse: study identifies options to sustain ranching and help wildlife

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 08:26:00 EST

Effects of livestock grazing on greater sage-grouse populations can be positive or negative depending on the amount of grazing and when grazing occurs, according to research published today in Ecological Applications. The research was conducted by scientists from the United States Geological Survey, Colorado State University and Utah State University.(image)



Spring Outlook: Risk of major flooding in North Dakota, moderate flooding in Idaho

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 08:37:00 EST

Northern North Dakota – the Souris River, Devils Lake and the northernmost reaches of the Red River – has the greatest risk of major flooding this spring, while moderate flooding is possible over southern Idaho in the Snake River basin, according to NOAA’s Spring Outlook released today.(image)



New UN Report Blames Pesticides for Food Insecurity

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 10:21:00 EST

The United Nations says it’s time to overturn the myth that pesticides can feed the world and come up with better, safer ways of producing our food.(image)



Stanford scientists reveal how grass developed a better way to breathe

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 10:01:00 EST

Grasses are better able to withstand drought or high temperatures than many other plants in large part due to changes in their pores, called stomata. Stanford scientists have discovered how grasses produce these altered pores, which could someday lead to crops that can better survive climate change.(image)



Agricultural research looks at dugouts as absorbing carbon dioxide

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 08:09:00 EST

Three researchers at the University of Regina have been awarded a provincial research grant to study the role of agricultural dugouts in greenhouse gas capture.Dr. Kerri Finlay, Dr. Peter Leavitt, Dr. Gavin Simpson of the biology department, along with Dr. Helen Baulch of the University of Saskatchewan, were recently awarded $255,030 from the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture's Agriculture Development Fund.(image)



Indoor farming takes root at University of Toronto - Mississauga

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 08:47:00 EST

At University of Toronto Mississauga, a plastic tower sprouts produce including curly starbor kale, buttercrunch and collard greens.Rising almost six feet off the ground and illuminated by high output fluorescent bulbs, the indoor farm wall grows plants hydroponically – with nutrient solution, instead of soil. The water nourishes the roots, collects in a gutter and then recirculates back to a nutrient tank that feeds back into the hydroponic system.(image)



Eating healthier food could reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 06:59:00 EST

You are what you eat, as the saying goes, and while good dietary choices boost your own health, they also could improve the health care system and even benefit the planet. Healthier people mean not only less disease but also reduced greenhouse gas emissions from health care. As it turns out, some relatively small diet tweaks could add up to significant inroads in addressing climate change.(image)